Labour Minister Christina Gray was in Fort Saskatchewan to check up on how the Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding was helping the Heartland.
The grant is a training program where employers and government share the cost of training new and existing employees to increase their knowledge and skills.
"As minister responsible, I'm very excited to learn more about how local companies are using these tools to improve the training for their workers and continue to grow."
Gray joined MLA Jessica Littlewood for a tour of Sherritt Metals.
"[MLA] Jessica Littlewood has been talking to me about some of the unique challenges and opportunities in this area," explained Gray. "Opportunities for economic diversification, opportunities to continue to grow in this region."
Last year, 31 employers in Fort Saskatchewan received funding for a total of $220,794 and 154 workers received training. At Sherritt, 44 applications were processed and received funding.
So far this year, seven employers have been approved to train 23 workers, using a total of $22,886 in funding from the job grant. Those numbers are set to increase throughout the fiscal year as more employers apply to train their workers and receive funding.